With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.
With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.
Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She’s a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, “Struggles and Triumphs,” was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.
My take: Historical Fiction, Romance and a mystery what more could a person want in a book. This book takes the story of two people who are thrown into a situation during the war where they are trying to remain neutral. They also have the mystery of who is forging Peter's signature. The title means more than just the pursuit of wealth. I really didn't like the cover and like it or not the cover plays a big part in how I feel about a book at first. This cover did not invite me to pick up the book. If I were to see this book in a bookstore or library I probably would not pick it up. But in this case the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" really did prove to be true as the book was really good and I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction especially if you like the Civil War era.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.